Daniel Bitran

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BACKGROUND Patients with ischemic mitral valve insufficiency (MR) and poor left ventricular (LV) function present a high operative risk. Whether to repair or replace these valves is controversial, while some suggest that heart transplant offers a better solution. We investigated our early and late results in this difficult subset of patients. METHODS(More)
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is an extremely rare cause of myocardial infarction. It has been reported mainly in young women during or after pregnancy. The prognosis and treatment of coronary dissection are not clear. We report three cases of spontaneous coronary artery dissection in young women. One of them was pregnant and one was 2 weeks after(More)
BACKGROUND While aortic valve prostheses are known to perform well at rest, few studies have examined them under stress. We compared stress hemodynamics of mechanical valves and nonstented porcine valves in the aortic position to that of normal native aortic valves. METHODS Dobutamine echocardiography was used to assess mean and peak gradients and(More)
Repeat open-heart operations are becoming more frequent with a patient population at higher risk. Sternal re-entry poses the risk of possible damage to vital structures. These include laceration of the myocardium, especially the right ventricle, tearing of patent grafts and internal mammary grafts in particular, or dislodgement of emboli from patent vein(More)
BACKGROUND The surgical treatment of ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) usually involves implantation of an annuloplasty ring. We compared results of mitral valve repair using a flexible or a rigid annuloplasty ring in patients with ischemic MR undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. METHODS There were 169 patients. A flexible ring was implanted(More)
BACKGROUND Prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay is a surrogate for advanced morbidity or perioperative complications, and resource utilization may become an issue. It is our policy to continue full life support in the ICU, even for patients with a seemingly grim outlook. We examined the effect of duration of ICU stay on early outcomes and late survival.(More)
BACKGROUND Nonstented bioprostheses have been associated with lower resting gradients than stented bioprostheses or mechanical valves. We compared the hemodynamic performance of nonstented bioprostheses and mechanical valves with normal native aortic valves at rest and exercise. METHODS Dobutamine echocardiography was used to assess gradients and(More)